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Left for Dead: A Novel (Ali Reynolds Series) Hardcover – February 7, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 213 customer reviews
Book 7 of 10 in the Ali Reynolds Series

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A teenage prostitute is beaten, raped, and tortured on the same day a cop, Jose Reyes, is shot while making a routine traffic stop; both are left for dead and eventually taken to the same Tucson hospital. When Ali Reynolds arrives at the hospital to help the family of her former police-academy classmate Reyes, she finds her old friend Sister Anselm acting as patient advocate for the heavily sedated young woman. But Ali is soon offering more than comfort when evidence appears to implicate both Jose and his pregnant wife, Teresa, in drug trafficking. Sleuthing is clearly more satisfying for former reporter and cop Ali than administering a private charity fund, her new job. This seventh in the Ali Reynolds series (after Fatal Error, 2011) has enough backstory to bring new readers up to speed, and it’s suffused with an old-home-week feeling as it advances the lives of its protagonist and those around her. Entertaining on all counts. --Michele Leber

About the Author

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tuscon, Arizona. Visit her online at JAJance.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Ali Reynolds Series
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451628587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451628586
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As far as Renteria was concerned, the story seemed pretty straightforward. Phil shoots Jose Reyes; Christine bashes Phil's head in; Christine gets shipped off to the funny farm; end of story; two cases closed. What he needed was to find solid leads that would link the two men."

And Santa Cruz Sheriff Renteria isn't the only one determined to uncover answers to the latest crime spree to hit the area south of Tucson near the Mexican border. In this latest Ali Reynolds story, LEFT FOR DEAD captures the essence of current-day Arizona and the struggles of law enforcement to separate the illegal immigrants from the drug cartels and the regular, everyday evildoers. Somehow the good guys have to figure out how a brutally beaten young woman, a critically wounded police officer, and a dead postman in southern Arizona tie into a dead pimp in Phoenix and millionaire pervert in Fountain Hills.

Series star Ali Reynolds returns, but not as the police officer she recently trained to become. Just as she graduated from the Police Academy, Arizona faced a serious budget crunch and new officers were put on hold. Luckily for Ali, she was not desperate for a job because her cheating spouse died before he could change his will, and his substantial fortune went to her. Perfect poetic justice. So, while waiting to be able to use her police training, Ali serves as organizer for several charities and often gets involved in helping people like her former academy classmate, Jose Reyes, who was shot and left to die while making a traffic stop.

When Ali leaves her home in Sedona and heads down to Mercy Medical Center in Tucson, she is hoping to be able to help Jose's pregnant wife with their two little girls and investigate the events surrounding the shooting.
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Reynolds returns in this rompy adventure, drawn into investigating the brutal attacks of a 'call girl' and a local policeman, the latter of whom is being framed for being on the take.

The mystery packs quite the punch in this story, although the personal side that Jance is typically good at seems a little weaker than usual. Mayhap because the pacing is a little off; the story begins in brutal style - with the detailed attack on 'Breeze' (hint she isn't the cop) then the shooting of the cop. Meanwhile Reynolds potters around home discussing her parents approaching retirement.

Rather than the tension turning up a notch when she somes on the scene, everything seems to slow as all the minor characters get fleshed out. Also while the mystery plot has the appropriate amount of violent tension, I found myself unable to suspend my disbelief when the plot was explained.

Like all series I'm sure fans will like, if you're new to the series I wouldn't start with this one, test the waters with an earlier one like Cruel Intent..
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I have read all of J.A. Jance's books in the Beaumont, Brady, and Reynolds series, and I think this is the best of the Ali Reynolds series. After having just read several Janet Evanovich books, reading Jance again was pure joy! Jance, as usual, has continued to develop her characters well, especially the protagonists, and this book is no exception. Most of the action in this book takes place in the Tucson area rather than the Sedona area. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.
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This book must have been written by a ghost writer with no attention to detail. The story itself was ok and 1/4 of it is spent copying and pasting information about the characters actions and histories. The unforgivable error is suddenly changing Ali's dads beloved old SUB from a Bronco to a Blazer. J.A., please employ a decent proof reader! It's all about continuity and this one really bugged me. For heaven's sake, couldn't you have at least read the book before publishing it? Go ahead and pay $7/he for your ghost writer and proof reader, but you're paying for quality and that's what you get at that wage. This book was sub-par, poor continuity and ridiculous plot.
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As a big fan of JA chance novels, I enjoyed this one as well. Along with reading them I also listen to a number of them on Audible.com recorded books. My favorite narrator who really brought some of those books to life is Gene Engene. The Allie McGraw series is narrated by Karen Ziemba. She does a pretty good job on most of the narration. However with Hispanics she has problems. As another listener commented she makes a lot of them sound like mafiosos. And in my 40 or so years of living in Arizona I have learned that it is a rare Hispanic who grew up from childhood in this country who has an accent. They should not be portrayed as if they were recent immigrants unless they are. My other beef with narrators is that when they have to use place names they should learn how to pronounce them along with surnames. For example, The name Renteria is properly spelled with an accent on the "I" which indicates that the name should not be pronounced RenTERia but, rather, RenterEEa. This pronunciation grated on my ears throughout my listening to this book. Ms. Ziemba is not alone in JA Jance narrators to make this error. I have never understood why a narrator would not take time to research place names and surname pronunciation before performing. My rating is of the performance, not the book.
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